Explore Learning Pathways: Cooking for Special Diets for Adults

Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of recipe-rich resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers will discover the path to healthier eating while dealing with a medical condition. Whether cooking for yourself, or for your family, there are many options and recipes to choose from.

Start your journey toward a healthy, nutritional diet with Cooking for Special Diets for Adults! 


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AutismADHDThe autism & ADHD diet : a step-by-step guide to hope and healing by living gluten free and casein free (GFCF) and other interventions by Barrie Silberberg

The Gluten-Free, Casein-Free (GFCF) Diet, as well as removing all artificial dyes and preservatives, is hugely effective for thousands of families. The Autism & ADHD Diet is your complete guide to the GFCF Diet. Barrie Silberberg, a mother who honed her skills using the GFCF Diet with her son, who was diagnosed with ASD, gives you everything you need to know to put the diet into action with your child.

DiabetesCookingDelicious Diabetes Cooking for One or Two People by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson

Each one of these recipes, specially created for one or two, is healthy for anyone, diabetic or not. None of the recipes are long or complicated, and all feature accessible ingredients that encourage the home cook to experiment and tailor to a variety of tastes. In addition to the diabetes-suitable recipes, there is also a wealth of diabetes-related information, including nutritional analysis for each recipe.

KindergartenSuccessThe Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking: 80 low-carb recipes that offer solutions for celiac disease, diabetes, and weight loss by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace

Carefully crafted for anyone who is gluten sensitive, diabetic, or needs to reduce carbs to prevent illness or lose weight, these forgiving recipes taste just as good as the original wheat versions--and are easier to bake than traditional breads. Additionally, each recipe can easily be made vegan by following the dairy and egg substitution guidelines.

CarbohydrateRecipes or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: the grain-free, lactose free, sugar-free solution to IBD, celiac disease, autism, cystic fibrosis, and other health conditions by Raman Prasad

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free dietary regimen intended for those suffering from gastrointestinal illnesses. This book offers a method for easing symptoms and pain, and ultimately regaining health.

HealthyCookingSecrets of Healthy Cooking: a guide to simplifying the art of heart healthy and diabetic cooking by Barbara Seeling-Brown

Secrets of Healthy Cooking is like a "cooking 101" class for the novice in the kitchen. It includes everything a new healthy cook needs to know about stocking pantries, common kitchen terms, and necessary kitchen utensils to make time in the kitchen as simple as possible. The book features more than 100 diabetes-friendly recipes that are easy and quick to prepare.

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CleanseCompanionThe Cleanse Companion Cookbook: the definitive guide to the naturopathic detoxification diet with 69 hypoallergenic recipes by Bonnie Nedrow

Whether you are in great health and want to stay that way, or needing to heal from chronic illness, The Cleanse Companion Cookbook will serve your body’s needs. It is intended as a reference for people on a detoxification program, providing the optimal foods to support naturopathic cleansing. It is an excellent book for folks suffering from diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and any other chronic illness.

SightWordsThe DASH Diet Health Plan Cookbook: easy and delicious recipes to promote weight loss, lower blood pressure and help prevent diabetes by John Chatham

The DASH Diet Cookbook provides a straightforward approach to losing weight, reducing hypertension, and improving overall cardiovascular health.


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Check the PLS online library calendar to find more cooking programs for teens and adults.


Dig Deeper with Databases

Use your library card to access healthy cooking and recipe information from magazines, newspapers and professional journals. The following databases are a great place to start:

Consumer Health Complete -  This full-text database provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.




HealthSourceConsumerHealth Source: Consumer Edition - This database provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines, including information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.


MEDLINEMedline - Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine.


MedlinePlusMedline Plus - MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Download Free Magazines Through Flipster
Use Pioneer’s Flipster service to view free digital magazines in the Fitness & Health and Food & Cooking categories on your mobile device or desktop.
Browse the full collection of magazine titles


  • Clean Eating
  • Cooking Light
  • Dr. Oz The Good Life
  • Vegetarian Times
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Explore These Internet Resources

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Diseases and Conditions.

American Heart Association: Healthy Eating

For more cooking resources available at your library, check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

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